MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former Mt. Juliet police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to federal program fraud and wire fraud, announced David Rivera, the U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee.
Jason Ezell, 40, was charged on July 10 with fraudulently preparing time cards and submitting fraudulent overtime logs.
He falsely claimed he worked more than 500 hours of overtime in support of and assisting federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigations from January 2013 through April 2015.
At the time, Ezell was a sergeant with the Mt. Juliet Police Department and supervised the Crime Suppression Unit. He was fired form his position in early May.
According to his plea agreement, the government will seek a prison term between 8 and 14 months as well as restitution in the amount of $13,100 when he returns for sentencing on Nov. 9, 2015.
The case was investigated by both the Tennessee and federal bureaus of investigation as well as the DA’s office and Department of Justice.